Bicycle Set Up
Take Your Riding to the Next Level
Purchasing a new bike and taking it for your first spin is an exciting experience for most. What many people don’t understand is that adjusting the seat doesn’t mean your bike fits you correctly. Whether you ride on or off-road, casually or competitively, cycling is most comfortable, and efficient, when your bike is correctly fitted to you.
A proper bike fit is essential to producing maximum power in the most efficient way. Perhaps even more importantly, is ensuring that you’re comfortable. These two factors will allow you to ride longer and faster. A correct fit can also help prevent injuries, including overuse injuries that occur from improper positioning. Take your cycling to the next level – increase performance, enjoyment and comfort with a bike fit from our cycling biomechanist.
Everyone is different
We fit your bike to you, not you to your bike. The correct bike position is different for everyone. The most efficient and comfortable position depends on many factors. These include age, skill level, style of riding, height and flexibility. A proper physical assessment is the most accurate way to determine your best fit. Common factors we look at to construct your perfect bike fit are:
It’s important that you’re honest with your fitter about any injuries or feelings of discomfort that you experience.
Struggling to find the right bike for you? We can help!
If you’re struggling to find your perfect bike match, we recommend a biomechanical screening. Your individualised report will help choose the correct size bike that we can then customise to your specific needs.
What Happens In a Bike Fit Appointment?
At QSMC, we offer unique and comprehensive bike set up services to cyclists, triathletes and mountain bikers of all ages and abilities. Our bike fit appointments run for approximately 2 hours. Your initial consultation with our cycling biomechanist will start by getting to know you. We need to understand your injury history, cycling history and professional needs and goals. Following this, you will undergo a biomechanical screening.
An overall assessment will provide an accurate representation of your flexibility, foot structure, knee position, spinal curve and shoulder extension. From a side perspective, we will develop a correct neutral position that’s both powerful and comfortable for you. We make adjustments to your seat height, handlebar height, stem length and cleat position. We then analyse from a front view to best optimise hip, knee and foot alignment for greater performance and balanced power delivery. You will receive a report with your measurements, fit adjustments and changes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your bike, cycling gear and cycling shoes!
Bike fitting is as much about your input as it is science. If something doesn’t feel right, or you know you feel more comfortable in a different position, tell your fitter! What matters above all is comfort.
Everyone! Whether you’re a competitive, club or recreational rider a bike fit will help you get the most out of your bike. We will also make sure that your setup is not leading to excessive strains through the body which can result in injury.
It’s possible that a proper bike fit can ease knee discomfort. A common problem we see is improper cleat alignment. This can cause your knees to go out at the top of the pedal stroke rather than straight up and down. This places extra pressure on the knee and over-stretches the ligaments. Our bike fitter will ensure correct positioning to ensure straight ankle, knee and hip alignment.
Book a Bike Fit Appointment
If you would like to book a bike fit appointment, please contact us. We can be reached on the information below or alternatively, leave your details in our form and we’ll be in touch.
812 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba
It is 20 times cheaper to maintain a bicycle than a car
Are you thinking about investing in a bike to cut transport costs and improve your health? Ensure you have the greatest and most comfortable cycling experience with a proper bike fit.
Meet Our Cycling Biomechanist
Dr Brian McLean